Developing a korean version of the scale for the observation of agitation in persons with dementia of alzheimer-type

Eun Young Kim, Ye Na Lee, Eunhye Jeong, Sung Ok Chang

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to develop a Korean version of the Scale for Observation of Agitation in Persons with Dementia of the Alzheimer-Type [DAT] (K-SOAPD) that reflects the Korean context of this problematic behavior and to evaluate its reliability and validity. Methods: This study was prepared based on the guidelines for translation and application of measurement scales presented by the World Health Organization. A total of 200 subjects from two nursing homes were included in this study. Exploratory factor and confirmatory factor analyses were performed to verify validity. Results: In the exploratory factor analysis (EFA), the K-SOAPD consisted of seven items with two factors: "physical movement" and "negative word". The K-SOAPD presented satisfactory validity and reliability (Cronbach’s ⍺=.86 (p<.001), test-retest=0.83 (p<.001), inter-rater=.91 (p<.001)). This finding shows the K-SOAPD is a valid and reliable scale for measuring agitation, the behavioral problem of dementia. Conclusion: This research can contribute toward establishing global standards by enabling international comparative studies of agitation among patients with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-325
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Korean Gerontological Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov


  • Aged
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Nursing homes
  • Psychomotor agitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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